The Fallout… July 2, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-07-02

 

Carolina has signed Chad Larose to a two-year, $3.4 million contract.

 

I get the feeling that this was to save face over the JBo thing – the Panthers signed Jordan Leopold to a one-year deal.

 

FYI – Radulov's contract is for two more seasons, and in most pool formats I would drop him, yes. Not worth hanging onto now. 

 

Los Angeles has signed Rob Scuderi. That may hurt Hickey's shot at the club for this year. Another year to wait…

 

The Leafs made a pretty big statement, signing Mikhail Grabovski to a three-year deal worth $8.7 million. That statement is – they see him as a guaranteed top sixer and won't give up on him. They'll throw him out there no matter how much he slumps. A good sign, as it was a little higher than I would have thought, and a longer term too.

 

Dallas signed Karlis Skrastins for two years.

 

Islanders have signed Jeremy Reich. No fantasy impact.

 

Calgary has signed Garth Murray and Riley Armstrong. No fantasy significance here.

 

The Isles have signed goaltender Scott Munroe. Given DiPietro's health, we could actually see him as a backup.

 

Just noticed Andy McDonald was invited to Team Canada over the three players I mention below.

 

Adrian Aucoin has signed a deal with the Coyotes. While I do see this slowing down Keith Yandle's improvement, it won't be by much. I still don't trust Aucoin to play a full season, even though he has been virtually healthy for two years.

 

Nik Antropov has signed a four-year deal with Atlanta worth $4 million per season. I will analyze that one more fully very soon.

 

Someone joked about my Leaf praise in the comments below (it was funny, actually), so I would like to clarify – I feel confident that they will sign Gustavsson, but even if they don't I think Toskala is a great goalie. Their defense is set – and pretty impressive. They need scoring and I can't help but think that they will get some. At least some second tier scorers. All-in-all, they did well yesterday, provided it is only a start – which I am certain it is.

 

Mark Recchi has signed to remain in Boston for one more year, at $1 million. He had 22 points in 29 playoff and reg. season games with them, but I wouldn't expect 60 points this year. Put him down for the low 50s.

 

The Tennessean quotes Nashville GM David Poile on Alexander Radulov yesterday: “He’s not coming back,’’ Poile said. “We had some really good talks in Switzerland when I was at the World Championship. I know he wants to come back. He can’t get out of his contract. You’re going to have to interpret why he can walk away from our contract, but can’t get out of their contract. But he can’t.’’

 

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I'll interpret it: Powerful Russians threatening harm to him or his family. Th